Course Title: Humanitarian Experiential Learning Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Humanitarian Experiential Learning Project

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering




City Campus


172H School of Engineering


UGRDFx2019 (ZZZZ),

UGRDFx2019 (SUMM),

UGRDFx2019 (All)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering



Course Coordinator: Dr Nick Brown

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3024

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students must have applied for and been accepted into a pre-approved Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive prior to enrolling in this course. A list of pre-approved Learning Intensives is included in the Course Guide Part B. 

To enrol in this course, follow these instructions: 

  1. Check your Learning Intensive is on the pre-approved list for OENG1164 which can be found in the Course Guide Part B
  2. Apply for the Learning Intensive directly through the approved third-party provider.
  3. If accepted onto the Learning Intensive by the third-party provider, the provider will notify RMIT directly.  Academic Services will then email you enrolment instructions.

Once your enrolment is confirmed, you will need to register your project via Mobi. You will also need to sign a WIL agreement in the first class of the course.

Whilst this course is open to students of all year groups enrolling students should be comfortable with fundamental engineering professional practice such as design, critical thinking, referencing and communication.

Course Description

Humanitarian Experiential Learning intensives offer students a unique opportunity to practice humanitarian design skills, and learn about a range of development issues, working with local communities and various development stakeholders in-country. This course extends a students’ learning from participating in a Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive, including those delivered by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) ‘Design Summits’ and Unbound ‘Global Programs’.

This course provides students with a foundation in topics such as community development, humanitarian engineering, human-centered design, appropriate technology, cross-cultural (technical) communication, and the role of professional engineers in global contexts.

Course activities and assessments run pre-departure and on return to Melbourne, enabling students to prepare, debrief and reflect on their experience.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. As part of this course, you will actively work in small teams on a design project relevant to a community development opportunity identified in-country. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for all Engineering degree programs:

1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
3.4 Professional use and management of information.
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Articulate the roles and responsibilities of professional engineers in humanitarian contexts
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the tools, principles and practices of Humanitarian Engineering
  3. Express how your engineering discipline skills and knowledge can be applied in a humanitarian context as well as acknowledge the relevance of Humanitarian Engineering skills to your own engineering program. 
  4. Identify differences between cultures and adapt professional communication strategies accordingly.

Overview of Learning Activities

The primary learning activity will involve travel to a less- developed country as part of a Humanitarian Experiential Learning Intensive. Time in-country is complemented by online or face-to-face workshops run pre-departure and on return to Melbourne.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources for this course include:

  • Workshop and course materials as provided available online via myRMIT Studies.
  • Lists of relevant reference texts, Library resources and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

☒ This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment consists of range of individual and team assessments to demonstrate your learning and provide feedback on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Please note that this course does not have a final exam.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Individual discovery (completed and submitted pre-departure)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Individual research report (completed and submitted pre-departure)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Individual fieldwork report (completed during the Humanitarian Global Intensive and submitted post-return)
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs  2 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Individual reflection (completed and submitted post-return)
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLO 2, 3 & 4

You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturer, delivery-coordinator and/or peers on your assessment tasks.